Devotional

“ But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.” –  James 3:17. 

King Solomon left quite a legacy. He was known for being the son of King David, for building the Lord’s temple, and he was incredibly rich and famous. But Solomon is most known for being the wisest man to have ever lived. Solomon wasn’t born with incredible wisdom, and he didn’t spend years reading books and going to school until he became the wisest man. Solomon was wise because he asked God for wisdom. 

If God asked you, “what do you want? Ask and I will give it to you,” what would you ask for? Hypothetical, right? No, God actually asked Solomon that very question. Solomon was a pretty new king, and one night in a dream, God appeared to him and said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” (1 Kings 3:5). Solomon asked for wisdom. 

In most cases when we are at our wit’s end, when we have painted ourselves into a corner or we simply don’t have the answer, we pray for wisdom. It makes sense that we would pray for the wisdom to help us understand why we are going through this trial or that test. It makes sense for us to ask for wisdom when we are faced with important decisions in our lives. We can trust God when the time comes for making big decisions, or for that matter, any decisions.

We serve the decision-making-God. We can trust God to order our steps. But we must guard against the terror of error, or the paralysis of analysis because we think we can be wise without God. We need God to free us from second and ten-second guessing our decisions.

Our decisions, like every part of our life, should make us more like Jesus. And for that we need wisdom.  Wisdom to recognize the opening and closing of doors that are in front of us. Wisdom to know when God is leading us in a new direction and wisdom to know when He is telling us to stay where we are. We need the wisdom of God to become the person God wants us to be.

If you lack wisdom in a situation, or in a decision, then ask God to give it to you.”If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5) .

God wants us to live life with wisdom. How many times in our lives can we look back and see how much better it could have played out if we would have asked for God for wisdom before going into the situation? God is willing. We simply need to ask.

Discussion questions:

  1. Why did Solomon ask for wisdom? What keeps us from asking for wisdom?
  2. What can we do this week to incorporate wisdom from God in our decision-making process?